James Corden has revealed he’s “absolutely terrified” about leaving The Late Late Show.
The British actor-turned-broadcaster announced his upcoming departure from the hit CBS talk show last year.
With the final episode scheduled for April 27, Corden confessed that he felt “a huge amount” of anxiety and concern about the decision to pull out of the gig.
“I haven’t felt that fear since I decided to take part in the show, to move here. I have never felt such unstable ground… [But] I have to embrace that fear,” he said at a PaleyFest event in Los Angeles on Sunday.
“I’m just aware that what I’m trying to do isn’t the path that’s often taken.”
Corden announced he will shift his focus to theater work after feeling a sense of “urgency” to leave the CBS show and the Golden State as a whole.
“I couldn’t feel more urgent to do this [theater],” he explained. “I’m going to be very, very mad at myself if I don’t do another piece or repeat a piece I’ve already done in the next year or a year and a half or so. I would give anything to To go back and do another show, I would give absolutely anything.”
He continued: “To go from the National Theatre, to write a TV show for the BBC, to Broadway, to host a late night talk show, to shoot stuff in the middle, to stop the late night talk show and then go. Oh, I’d like to do another piece now.’”
“It’s just not the path that’s been trodden as far as I know, so with that comes a huge amount of fear. It’s terrifying, it’s absolutely terrifying,” said Corden, who officially took over the desk chair at Studio 56 in Los Angeles in March 2015.
When asked what he’s up to after his hosting gig ends, Corden said that while he has “a lot of things” he wants to do, he’ll take a break first.
“There are many things that I would love to do, but they rely a lot on people wanting me to do them,” he explained. “I think it’s going to be really important to catch your breath and take a minute.”
Though Corden is feeling a mix of uncertain emotions, he believes he made the right decision in announcing the time for The Late Late Show.
“I’m so sure it’s the right thing. I’m absolutely sure we did everything we wanted and I think it’s really important that things come to an end,” he added.
Prior to Corden’s stint as host, actor/comedian Craig Ferguson ran CBS’s 12:30 p.m.
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